Italian Arts guide: exhibits in Italy

Should visit Italy, there are several opportunities to admire the artistic beauty. The following is a city-by-city guide to some of Italy’s art exhibitions:

AOSTA – Centro Saint-Benin: Giorgio de Chirico, The Labyrinth of Dreams and Ideas; 65 works including 40 oil paintings; until September 30.

COMO – Villa Olmo: Boldini and the Belle Epoque, 60 works, until July 24.

CORTONA – Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca di Cortona (MAEC): 40 masterpieces of Etruscan art from Louvre, never before seen in Italy; until July 3.

FLORENCE – Uffizi: Sketches by Fra’ Angelico, Botticelli, Mantegna, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo; until June 12.

Venere Botticelli

Venere Botticelli

– Palazzo Pitti: Vinum Nostrum. The Art, Science and Myths of Wine in Civilisation; from prehistoric winegrowing to Dionysus cult, Etruscan, Roman use; show features oldest surviving wine container, on loan from Georgia; until April 30.

FORLI’ – Musei Civici di San Domenico: Melozzo da Forli’, 90 works by Renaissance master and contemporaries including Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, Perugino, Mantegna and Raphael; until June 12.

GALLARATE – Museo Maga: Alberto Giacometti, The Soul Of The 20th Century; until June 5.

MILAN – Palazzo Reale: Mimmo Paladino, 50 works including 30 large canvases, sculptures and installations; until June 26.

– same venue: bizarre 16th-century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo; works on loan from Louvre, Munich, Madrid, New York, Stockholm and Kunshistorisches Museum in Vienna; until May 22.

– same venue: Impressionist Masterpieces From the Clark Collection; until June 19.

Museo Diocesano: ‘The Eyes of Caravaggio, formative years from Venice to Milan with works by Lotto, Tintoretto, Titian the young artist would have admired; until July 3.

PAVIA – Castello: Leonardeschi, From Foppa to Giampietrino, 22 works loaned from Hermitage, many of them believed to be by Leonardo until end of 19th century; until July 10.

PERUGIA – Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria: Luca Signorelli, 66 works in biggest show ever on Tuscan Renaissance master, featuring loans from Italy and abroad; until August 26.

ROME– Various sites: itinerary of significant places in Caravaggio‘s life and career in Rome; until June 19.

– Musei Capitolini: ‘Portraits, The Many Faces Of Power’, 150 Roman heads, busts, statues ranging from early terracotta works to deified images of imperial rulers; until September 25.

– Scuderie del Quirinale: Lorenzo Lotto, 56 masterpieces by 16th-century Veneto painter, until June 12.

Lorenzo Lotto - Venus and Cupid

Lorenzo Lotto - Venus and Cupid

– Colosseum: Nero; until September 18.

– MAXXI: Michelangelo Pistoletto, From One To Many, 100 works, 1956-1974; until August 15.

– Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM): ‘Dante Gabriele Rossetti-Edward Burne Jones and the Myth of Italy in Victorian England’; 100 works loaned by major international galleries, many for first time in Italy; pre-Raphaelite works and masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Titian, Veronese; until June 12.

– Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza: Caravaggio In Rome; previously unpublished documents and images rewrite artist’s life story; until May 15.

TURIN – Reggia di Venaria: La Bella Italia, celebrating 150th anniversary of Italian unity; 350 works tracing various ex-capital cities including Florence, Turin, Milan, Genoa and Naples as well as Rome; plus art giants like Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Tiepolo, Canova, Bernini; until September 11.

VENICE – Punto della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation: ‘Praise of Doubt’, 60 works by 20 contemporary giants including Maurizio Cattelan… ; until December 31, 2012.



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